World Osteoporosis Day 2020: Are You At A Risk Of This Bone Disease? Major Risk Factors You Need To Know

World Osteoporosis Day 2020: Osteoporosis is a bone condition which increases the risk of fractures of an individual. Women are at a higher risk of this disease. Read here to know other risk factors of osteoporosis.

World Osteoporosis Day 2020: Are You At A Risk Of This Bone Disease? Major Risk Factors You Need To Know

Osteoporosis Day 2020: This condition makes your bones weak and brittle

Highlights

  • World Osteoporosis Day is observed on 20 October each year
  • Add enough calcium and vitamin D to your diet for healthy bones
  • Regular exercise can help you prevent osteoporosis risk

World Osteoporosis Day is observed on 20 October each year. This day tries to create awareness about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment for this condition that affects bones. Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones of an individual. The bone loses strength and density. Weak and brittle bones due to osteoporosis are at a higher risk of fractures. Small events can also lead to fractures. It is important to watch out for the symptoms of osteoporosis to save the bones from significant bone loss. If left uncontrolled, this condition can make it difficult to perform day to day activities.

World Osteoporosis Day 2020: Who is at a risk?

Several modifiable and non-modifiable factors can contribute to a higher risk of osteoporosis. Some of these factors are-

1. Family history

This is a non-modifiable risk factor. Someone with a family history of osteoporosis is at a higher risk of this condition.

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2. Age

As you age your bone density reduces and you are at a higher of osteoporosis. It is advised to add enough vitamin D and calcium to your diet for healthy bones. Regular exercise can also help strengthen bones.

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As you grow old the density of bone reduces
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3. Gender

Women are at a higher risk than men especially women after the age of 50. Men also suffer from this condition but chances are comparatively less.

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4. Body weight

More body weight or small body frame also puts you at a higher risk. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help maintain healthy body weight and control osteoporosis risk.

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Maintain a healthy weight to reduce osteoporosis risk
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5. Certain diseases

Several health conditions including like celiac disease, kidney disease, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis can increase your risk.

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It is advised to eat a well-balanced diet with protein, calcium, vitamin D and other essential nutrients. Regular exercise can also help fight the risk.

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